About our partners
About the Mirpuri Foundation
Mirpuri Foundation is a non-profit organization, set up by Paulo Mirpuri with the aim of contributing to a better world. Their efforts go towards raising awareness and involvement for the most pressing issues that are threatening the planet.
Mirpuri Foundation is a proud supporter of Turn the Tide on Plastic and believe that the youth-focused and mixed team will amplify the United Nations Environment’s Clean Seas campaign around the world.
This is of great importance to the Mirpuri Foundation, who place marine conservation at the fore of their work. This involves raising awareness of current challenges and the emerging threats to our oceans such as pollution, acidification, rising temperatures, coral bleaching, unsustainable fishing methods and extinction risk in marine systems.
Paulo Mirpuri is a Portuguese businessman and philanthropist. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mirpuri Investments, he has invested in a broad range of companies.
In addition to his more than three decades of business management, Paulo Mirpuri is a medical doctor, an Airbus-qualified airline pilot and a qualified Skipper. His favorite sports are sailing, golf, tennis and horse riding.
The Mirpuri Foundation offers its resources and intelligence where they feel they are most needed, and strive for global collaboration between authorities, companies, communities and individuals, with a mission to make a positive difference.
The Mirpuri Foundation partners with governments, businesses, communities and individuals to address a range of other projects including in aerospace, medical research, wildlife conservation, performing arts, and social responsibility.
About Sky Ocean Rescue
Sky Ocean Rescue and Turn the Tide on Plastic share the same passion and commitment to protecting our oceans. Joining together for the Volvo Ocean Race, Sky Ocean rescue aims to support Turn the Tide on Plastic in their ambition to better understand the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans through their research.
Through extensive and exclusive coverage of the crew’s mission on Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports and digital platforms, Sky Ocean Rescue also hopes to inspire people to take action in their day-to-day lives and give a bigger and louder voice to the great work of Turn the Tide on Plastic and the issue of ocean health.
Sky Ocean Rescue will also support the UN Environment’s mission to engage governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter through the Volvo Ocean Race partnership. Sky will utilise the global reach of the Volvo Ocean Race to engage its customers, partners and other ocean enthusiasts to join the campaign.
About the UN Environment ‘Clean Seas’ Campaign
Each year, at least 8 million metric tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, with severe consequences on marine wildlife, coastal economies and, potentially, human health. In the last 20 years, the proliferation of microbeads and single-use plastics has made the problem even more serious.
Launched in February 2017, UN Environment’s #CleanSeas marine plastic campaign is calling on governments, industry and citizens to end the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic and eliminate microplastics in cosmetics, both major sources of marine pollution, by the year 2022. So far 30 countries have joined the campaign, and several thousand people have pledged to take concrete steps to reduce their own plastic footprints.
About Ocean Family Foundation
Ocean Family Foundation’s aim is to promote awareness of the effects of pollution, the importance of biodiversity and the necessity for conservation of the world’s oceans. Ocean Family Foundation is a group of likeminded families that have come together to support ocean conservation and cleanup.